Résumé Deceptions Jeopardize Job Opportunities

By Dennis McCafferty
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    58% of hiring managers said they've discovered a lie on a résumé, and one-third of them said they've seen an increase in such incidents after the recession.

A majority of hiring managers and HR professionals say they have caught applicants in a lie on their résumé, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. And many of these employers say the incidents are increasing. Unfortunately, IT ranks third in the list of industries in which such deception is frequent, beat out only by financial services and leisure/hospitality in the first and second spots, respectively. There's a lot at stake when a professional lies on a résumé. Most hirers say that a résumé lie will automatically eliminate an applicant from consideration. "Trust is very important in professional relationships," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "By lying on your résumé, you breach that trust from the very outset. If you want to enhance your résumé, it's better to focus on playing up tangible examples from your actual experience. Your résumé doesn't necessarily have to be the perfect fit for an organization, but it needs to be relevant and accurate." To offer a lighter side to this topic, we're also including some outrageous résumé lies that CareerBuilder compiled. Nearly 2,190 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-09-10
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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